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Steven Davidson admits violent shaking attack on baby girl

A man has admitted shaking a six-week-old baby girl so violently that she has been left brain-damaged and requiring constant care.

Steven Davidson, 23, was caring for the child, who had been awake overnight, to allow her mother to sleep.

The High Court in Glasgow was told that Davidson has never given an explanation for the baby's injuries.

But medical evidence showed that she was shaken and may have been hit against something.

The child, now aged two, is unable to sit upright or communicate, and requires round-the-clock care.

Davidson admitted shaking the baby, throwing her against a surface to her severe injury, permanent impairment and to the danger of her life at a house in Dumbarton on 3 October 2012.

He was originally charged with attempted murder, but the Crown accepted his plea to a reduced charge.

Advocate depute Paul Kearney, prosecuting, outlined the consequences of the girl's injuries.

He said: "She has an acquired brain injury which has left her with a severe physical disability. She is not able to sit unaided, has restricted movement in her upper limbs.

"Although aged two she functions at the level of a child of four or five months. She can make sounds, but cannot speak. She is described as an engaging child and can smile, laugh and cry and use facial expressions, but is otherwise unable to communicate, even though she clearly wants to.

"The child cannot take solid food and will need a wheelchair."

Judge Lady Scott deferred sentence on Davidson, a first offender, until next month for background reports. He was allowed bail.

Defence counsel Ronnie Renucci will give his plea in mitigation then.

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